Coal Mining Fatalities

This database contains 2497 known Nova Scotia coal mining fatalities. Names, dates, places, mines, and causes of death have been painstakingly compiled. Despite this, it is by no means a complete list. Fatalities occurred before records were kept; descriptions of incidents and those involved were lost along with coal company records. Official recording of multiple deaths may have missed some names; in some cases, names are misspelled. However, this is likely the most complete list that exists. Please contact us if you know names to add.

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Surname Given Name(s)sort descending Year County Mine Cause
Morrison Laughlin 1880 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Fitzgerald Laurence 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
McDonald Laurence 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
McKinnon Laurence 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
James Laurence Elwyn 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Moss Laurie A. 1950 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Cameron Lawrence 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Farrell Lawrence 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Gas asphixiation; 1 of 2 killed
MacKenzie Lawrence 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Gallant Lawrence 1896 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 slope Runaway in slope
Dow Lawrence 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall off roof
Long or Lank Lawrence 1922 Cumberland Minudie #2 Powder ignited by cartridge explosion, died 14 days later
Reid Layton 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Dykens or Daken Layton A. 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Guthro Lazarus 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McPherson Lemuel 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Boudreau or Budro Lemuel 1907 Cumberland Strathcona Burnt by gas fire
McCormack Lenard 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
White Leo 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone; 1 of 3 killed
Kuta Leo 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Struck by runaway box
Brown Leo 1919 Pictou County Albion Struck by a cage in a balance
Conn Leo 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Chiasson Leo 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by a trip
Boozan Leo 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Saccary Leo 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Undetermined
Blarion Leon 1923 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal off face
Jeffrey Leonard 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Explosives
Wheatley Leonard 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Budden Leonard 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Townsend Leonard 1876 Cumberland Spring Hill Colliery Mine Crushed by drum, fall of a gin
McCormick Leonard 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Vickers Leonard 1956 Cape Breton County Franklin Fall of stone
Scott Leslie 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from rib
MacDonald Leslie 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
MacLean Lester 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Natural Causes
Nelson Lester 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Fisher Lester 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Reid Lester 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Thomas Lewis 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McDonald Lewis 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Power Lewis 1985 Cape Breton County Lingan Crushed
Cathcart Lionel 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage, surface
Reese Lloyd 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Milton Logan 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Weatherbee Lorne A. 1942 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by trip
Martell Louis 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Falling pit timber
Briggs Louis 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of coal
Vaast Louis 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Milo Louis 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Killed by runaway box
Phalen Louis 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip; 1 of 2 killed

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